Speak Out: Eight Common Misconceptions about LGBT People
Hey, guys! What are the biggest misconceptions that people around you have about gays and the LGBT community in general? We are asking because often we would stumble upon this topic online, about how LGBT people hear assumptions or preconceived notions about themselves whenever their colleagues or friends etc. learn about their sexual orientation.
Some of these stereotypes range from amusing (for example: just because I’m gay, people think “that I can give good advice on interior decorating”) to downright dangerous.
Funny, yes, but what do we mean by the latter?
Well, one of the biggest misconceptions we’ve ever heard is that “most pedophiles are gay.” Multiple studies revealed that this claim is not true. One such study published in the journal Pediatrics showed that “in only 2 out of 269 cases, the offender was identified as being gay or lesbian” while in 82% of these cases, “the alleged offender was a heterosexual partner of a close relative of the child.”
According to the American Psychological Association (APA), stereotypes are often used to excuse discrimination against the LGBT community and these prejudices “have social and personal impact.” On social level, the samples APA cited—which are “often justified by stereotypic assumptions”—included “limitations on job opportunities, parenting, and relationship recognition.” While on personal level, APA said that the stigma against the LGBT community causes them to “conceal or deny their sexual orientation.” On the whole, APA explained that “this pattern of prejudice can have serious negative effects on health and well-being.”
All that being said, here are some of the stereotypes we’ve read online based on LGBT people’s real-life experience:
- Gay men find all men attractive or that they are interested in every guy they meet.
- That transgender people are mentally ill and therapy can “cure” them.
- There’s no such thing as male bisexuality, that it is just a phase.
- That they are gay because someone touched them when they were young.
- That people choose to be gay or transgender.
- Gay men only want sex.
- Gay men want to be a girl’s GBF (gay best friend).
- Homophobia no longer exists because we already have marriage equality.
What about you, guys? What are the misconceptions people around you have about the LGBT people and the community in general? Sound off in the comments section below!